For years I have heard rave reviews of The Wire, but never watched an episode. I decided to start from the beginning with the pilot, and, while it was enjoyable enough, it failed to grab me like The Shield's pilot did. I'll give the show another chance..
I can see the potential for this show, but the pilot was slow and difficult to follow. Hopefully, this will pay off in ensuing episodes. I like the sprawling cast, and I like the realistic depictions of the street-level war between the cops and the drug trade. I also like the intimate glimpses into the behind-the-scenes workings of both camps- most programs only show one side. It's obvious that McNulty is going to be the focus of the show, but he doesn't seem to be the most interesting character to me- the criminals actually fascinate me more, especially Stringer, Dee and Avon. What does that say about me, I wonder...
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